[Ontbirds] Detroit River Hawk Watch (13 Nov 2019) 105 Raptors

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Wed Nov 13 19:15:41 EST 2019

Detroit River Hawk Watch
Brownstown, Michigan, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 13, 2019

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture              51           3450          51658
Osprey                       0              0             35
Bald Eagle                   1             11             89
Northern Harrier             8             38            303
Sharp-shinned Hawk           7            182           4039
Cooper's Hawk                0             22            105
Northern Goshawk             0              0              1
Red-shouldered Hawk          0            231            426
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0          64336
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk             37           1050           1908
Rough-legged Hawk            0              5              6
Golden Eagle                 0             12             16
American Kestrel             0              4            702
Merlin                       0              1             32
Peregrine Falcon             1              6             52
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              1
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0

Total:                     105           5012         123709

Observation start time: 09:00:00 
Observation end   time: 16:00:00 
Total observation time: 5.5 hours

Official Counter:        Kevin Georg

Observers:        Alex Gilford, Andrew Sturgess, Rosemary Brady

We had a visitor from Gibraltar today. Always good to catch up on the
stories from the islands that we look at all day. Thanks for the fruit.

A Philip Glass kind of day today, minimalist and somber. Heavy low gray
clouds moved gradually off the steaming lake; the stored heat of summer
being given up to the frigid air. Winds from the SW, which would normally
bring us warmer air, failed to do so. The sky finally settled on an even,
dull gray with a low deck permitting little light to pass through. The high
barometer reading belied the dreary scene in front of us. The distant birds
shimmered in the thermal distortion.

Raptor Observations:
A day of fits and starts with long periods of little activity and then
small flurries of movement. Turkey vultures took the top prize with a
meager 51 birds. Red-tails took the second step on the podium with 37.
Harriers took the final podium spot with 8 birds. 7 sharpies fought their
way against the opposing wind. 1 bald eagle was counted. 1 peregrine was
observed and later in its flight was seen dropping a previous catch.

Non-raptor Observations:
The tree swallows continue to entertain, today they took a special interest
in the snow behind us; flying low and picking up unknown food from the
surface. A rusty blackbird and a couple of American pipits were seen
joining the swallows gleaning the snow surface. Tundra swans continue to
fly. Crows continue to move but in lesser numbers. Hooded mergansers seem
to have taken up residence by the lotus plants at the end of the slip
occasionally racing by us. The Bonaparte's gulls joined some of the
ring-billed gulls riding the storm out in the waves in front of us. A great
black-backed gull was seen flying across the slip from us.

The temperature is forecast to rise above freezing tomorrow...by one
degree. Well, that's a start. The wind looks to be consistent at less than
ten miles per hour but from a poor direction for us, out of the SW. Perhaps
the lower strength will let some birds through. Tomorrow should be a piece
of cake with the balmy temps and a little more sun promised for the
Report submitted by Andrew Sturgess (ajyes72 at gmail.com)
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